THE TOWN (DVD & Blu-Ray) - I didn’t see Ben Affleck’s sophomore effort as director in theaters, so I really can’t personally vouch for how good this flick is. However, I can say that I’ve heard nothing but good things about THE TOWN and that it currently has a 94% fresh rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. Couple that with an outstanding cast that includes Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall and Blake Lively and I’m pretty sure that you have a great movie. I’ve seriously got to see this one before I crack out my TOP 10 OF 2010 list.
THE A-TEAM (UNRATED EXTENDED CUT) (DVD & Blu-Ray) - This is one of those flicks that get better with later viewings. When I caught THE A-TEAM at the theater this summer, I was bit taken aback by how similar it was to THE LOSERS and I gave it a solid, if middle-of-the-road, review. Seeing it since (especially in this newly expanded version), I’ve grown quite fond of this flick. Hell, I might even go so far as to say this is one of the best action movies of the year. Yeah, I said it, so let’s move on.
THE OTHER GUYS (THE UNRATED OTHER EDITION) (DVD & Blu-Ray) - Do yourself a favor and buy the Blu-Ray. It’s got both the theatrical cut and the unrated one. As far as I can tell, the only edition available on DVD is the unrated cut and, well, it’s not that great. Sure, there’s some funny bits here and there, but the unrated cut changes some of the funnier moments of the movie for the worse and has a nasty tendency to drag on and on and on. Seriously, some of the new gags are driven into the ground in the unrated cut. That’s not to say that the unrated cut isn’t worth seeing (it is), but it’ll be the theatrical one that you come back to for the funny.
DESPICABLE ME (DVD & Blu-Ray) - A common thread with this week’s DIGITAL WASTELAND is that most of the releases this week are movies that I didn’t get around to seeing. Such is the case with DESPICABLE ME. Didn’t see it, don’t really know what it is about, but I’ve heard good things. Take that as you will.
LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE (DVD & Blu-Ray) - Ah, the Zack Snyder owl flick. Yet another flick I didn’t see that’s hitting disc this week. I’ll be honest, I didn’t see this one because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see a kiddie flick from the director of WATCHMEN and 300. Kinda still don’t want to see it. Might rent it eventually. As for the rest of you, this might go over well with the little ones in your house.
CYRUS (DVD & Blu-Ray) - I’m not totally sure where this flick went wrong, but sweet Jebus did it ever. What’s bad is that this flick should’ve been a comedy goldmine. The premise (single mother meets new man who has to deal with her clingy older son) is clever, the actors (John C. Reilly, Marissa Tomei and Jonah Hill) is fantastic and the early word-of-mouth was very convincing. Unfortunately, none of it comes together and CYRUS ends up being a nasty exercise in unpleasantness. Didn’t enjoy a single moment of this, so I’m giving it a MUST AVOID.
HARD BOILED - For some reason, I already thought that John Woo’s action classic HARD BOILED was already on Blu-Ray. Apparently, I was wrong…and right. The previous release was bundled with STRANGLEHOLD, the video game sequel to BOILED, and was not available separately. Thankfully, that has been remedied and you can bring the brilliance of Chow Yun-Fat home for the holidays. Yay!
QUEENS BLADE COLLECTION - The entire first season of QUEEN’S BLADE available on Blu? Sign me up! Of course, I’m a fan of T&A heavy anime series that play out a bit like a naughtier version of RED SONJA. If you’re not, this might not be for you.
TRUE GRIT - Haven't seen this one in years, but I remember this John Wayne classic (as well as the sequel, ROOSTER COGBURN) being very good. With the Coen Brothers remake just around the corner, I think it might be high time that I revisit this. You might want to as well. Just saying.